Cattleya: Tres Fronteras Cruise

Cattleya Tres Fronteras Cruise Itinerary Map

4, 5 or 8-Day Tres Fronteras

Noted for its natural beauty, the famous meeting point of Peru, Colombia and Brazil, known as the Tres Fronteras (Three Frontiers in Spanish) offers cruise passengers an exciting opportunity to experience a unique cultural mix in the depths of the Amazon.

The only tourism cruise vessel offering this route, the Cattleya provides incredible cuisine, comfort and service levels for lucky passengers as they fish for piranha, swim with pink dolphins, visit indigenous tribes, witness exotic wildlife and much more!


Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. The 5-day itinerary departs from Iquitos (Peru) and arrives at the Tres Fronteras. The 4-day itinerary departs from the Tres Fronteras and arrives in Iquitos. The round-trip 8-day Iquitos to Iquitos itinerary is a combination of the 5 and 4-day itineraries in that order.

Cattleya Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: SATURDAY: Arrival - Floating Town of Belen - The Adventure Begins

Upon arrival, we will start our cultural visit to the famous floating town of Belen. Later, we will go back to board our modern and newly built river boat, the M/V Cattleya.

After taking some time to settle in, we will relax and have a drink as we get to know our fellow passengers. This will allow us the opportunity to make friends. As safety is our priority, we will conduct a safety drill and explain everything you need to know about the M/V Cattleya in order to have a safe and exhilarating adventure. We will then savor the first of many authentic freshly prepared dinners by our talented chef as we begin our journey through the Amazon to the Three Frontiers! 


Cattleya Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 2: SUNDAY: Napo River - Orellana Town - Oran Creek

A bird watching activity by skiff will be the early excursion. We will then return to have breakfast and relax in comfort aboard M/V Cattleya, followed by a skiff ride along the Napo River, where we will visit Orellana town.

After this great activity it will be time to get back onboard for a nourishing lunch and review the day’s discoveries.

Later, we will go for another skiff ride along Orán creek, and then a night excursion to discover the home species. After an invigorating day filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we will go back onboard to enjoy our expertly prepared dinner and information on the activities of the following day.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Francisco Grippa Canvas - Visit His Workshop

Day 3: MONDAY: Ampiyacu River - Indigenous Village - Grippa House

The early morning offers another opportunity to watch the world awakening in the rainforest with a nice skiff ride along the Ampiyacu River, while enjoying one of many sunrises. After our nourishing breakfast, we will go for a cultural visit to the Boras or Witoto Indian people.

There will also be an optional visit to the art gallery and house of famous artist Francisco Grippa. Later, we will get back onboard to relax and have a lunch prepared by our talented chef.

In the afternoon, we will go and have an introduction rainforest walk to witness a brilliant Amazon sunset as we return to the M/V Cattleya.  This will serve as an opportunity to savor a glass of wine or a pisco sour with your expertly prepared dinner. Information on the following day activities will also be available.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cattleya Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 4: TUESDAY: Paranaquiro Village - Caballococha

We will start with an early activity by skiff ride to observe macaws in their natural habitat and take some pictures. Then we will reboard to have breakfast and have a rest.

Our next adventure will be to visit Paranaquiro river Village to interact with the local people. After lunch, we will go Pirahna fishing in a black-water lake and swimming with Pink Dolphins (sun downer at Caballococha Lake) and an exciting visit to Caballococha town.

Then a mototaxi ride around the city to enjoy the beautiful scenery under the nice sunset as we return to the M/V Cattleya, where we will enjoy a delightful dinner and a farewell briefing about Colombia and Brazil.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Santa Rosa, Peru

Day 5: WEDNESDAY: Tres Fronteras - City Tour - Monkey Island

Early breakfast will be ready for our departure to Colombia and Brazil, where we will do a city tour of Leticia, Colombia and Tabatinga, Brazil. For those on the 5-day cruise, this is where your cruise itinerary ends.

Those on the 8-day itinerary will then head back to the M/V Cattleya to savor another expertly prepared lunch dish by our talented chef.

Later in the afternoon, we will be joined by those going on the 4-day cruise as we go to Monkey island to explore and enjoy the rainforest sunset. Then we head back to the M/V Cattleya for a nourishing dinner and information on the following day activities.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cattleya Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 6: THURSDAY: Rainforest Walk - Skiff Exploration

Our day will start with an early skiff ride exploration all along the Amazon in search of wildlife. After our nourishing breakfast, we will be ready for a rainforest walk in high ground Terra Firme as we go back to the M/V Cattleya to have lunch.

Our skiff will be ready for our next activity: a skiff ride under a glorious sunset to enjoy one of the most beautiful sceneries of the night and the rainforest symphony.

Later in the night, we will go back to the M/V Cattleya to get comfortable and share our experience of the last activity at dinner time.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cattleya Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 7: FRIDAY: Yaguas Village Visit - Apayacu Lake

The day starts with an exploration activity by skiff, looking for wildlife to witness how incredible it is. Then, in the afternoon, after breakfast, we will go for a cultural visit to the Yaguas Indian people. After this, we will enjoy a warm goodbye from the people as we return by skiff to the M/V Cattleya to relax and have lunch.

Later, we will go Piranha fishing at Apayacu lake and sun downer, where you will have the opportunity to take pictures of the last sunset as we go back to the comfort M/V Cattleya. As we cruise slowly back toward Iquitos, we will join the crew and all our new friends in a farewell dinner of authentic Peruvian cuisine and a celebration of your great experience.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cattleya Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 8: SATURDAY: Disembark / Return to Iquitos

Our last day start with nourishing breakfast before the goodbye from the crew members as we do the disembarking procedures and get ready for the transfer to the airport, which will mark the end of this adventure to the Tres Fronteras.


  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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